Creator: Gral Film
Topic: deinstitutionalization, community inclusion, independent living
Contact: Tomislav Zaja, firstname.lastname@example.org
In Croatia, just as in many parts of the world, people with intellectual or psychosocial disabilities who also have physical disabilities are sent to institutions in huge numbers, leaving them completely socially excluded from their communities. They are confined to residential institutions that deprive them of any control over their lives. This happens for two main reasons: there is widespread and intense societal prejudice against them because of the way they look, and their physical environments do not accommodate their disabilities. NEW DAY follows two women leaving the institution, after many years they spent there, and moving in the universally designed apartment for people with disabilities - to start new life in the community, like everybody else.